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  • Xi Jinping’s Politics and What it Means for India

    There is a need to close the perception gap in India’s assessment of the state of Chinese politics, to distinguish between transformation and conflict, and respond accordingly.

    December 20, 2018

    A Review of India-Japan Defence Technology Cooperation

    While broad agreement at the top leadership level has been easy to achieve, negotiations relating to defence equipment and technology cooperation have proved to be difficult, shaped as these are by a complex interplay of variables like cost-competitiveness, technology transfer and domestic politics.

    August 31, 2018

    China’s vulnerability, India’s opportunity

    India must jettison the attempt to maintain a balance between China and the US and instead take advantage of China’s internal and external vulnerabilities to gain an upper hand in the asymmetric power equation that has developed.

    August 27, 2018

    China’s Hydro Ambitions and the Brahmaputra

    The upper riparian China is uniquely positioned to influence the flow of Yarlung Tsangpo/Brahmaputra into lower riparian India. In the absence of a water sharing treaty, the Chinese decision to build more dams on Yarlung/Brahmaputra and continued evasiveness on its long-term plans would remain an issue of major concern for India.

    July 23, 2018

    Singapore Summit: North East Asia Set for Strategic Realignment

    While the US may be able to ensure the security of its homeland, it is bound to gradually yield strategic space to China in the region. All said, prevailing alignments in the region are in for a definite reset.

    June 22, 2018

    US-North Korea Summit: Singapore Round Goes to Chairman Kim

    The summit brought out ambiguities in America’s policy towards denuclearisation of Korean Peninsula. To translate outcomes of the summit into concrete deliverables, Trump administration would not only have to clearly define its denuclearisation action plan in terms of goals, methodology and timeline but also bolster its alliance with South Korea and Japan.

    June 19, 2018

    Historic Summit at Panmunjom

    While the recent Korean Summit marks the beginning of the new era, to achieve lasting peace will require intense diplomatic efforts.

    May 04, 2018

    India and China – Time for a dialogue on nuclear security?

    It may be time for India and China to discuss nuclear issues bilaterally with a view to mediating the uncertainties borne of their differing perspectives and postures.

    April 19, 2018

    Will North Korea Denuclearise?

    Kim will drive the hardest bargain possible and be willing to make only small concessions like maintaining some type of a freeze on future tests of missiles and nuclear weapons.

    April 09, 2018

    External Balancing in India’s China Policy

    External balancing is re-emerging as an element of policy driven by the yawning power asymmetry between India and China and China’s turn towards assertive behaviour and territorial claims.

    March 28, 2018

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